- November 10, 2017
- Posted by: Godwin Elijah
- Category: National News
The Federal Government has distributed drugs and other medical products worth millions of naira to prison formations in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
The Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau who presented the drugs to state Comptrollers of Gombe, Rivers, Ogun, Enugu and Niger states in Abuja, admonished the prison authorities to judiciously utilise the medical supplies for the benefit of prison inmates.
The minister stated that the drugs and the medical products were for inmates, stressing that it was the responsibility of the state comptrollers to ensure the health and well-being of the inmates under their jurisdiction.
He noted that drug supplies to prisons had been stalled for some time and thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the supply of the drugs which he said was necessary in modern prisons’ practice to prevent and treat diseases. The minister also inspected the warehouse where the drugs were being kept for evacuation to the different state prisons commands.
Meanwhile, in his remarks, the Comptroller-General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, said the prisons had experienced infrastructure decay including lack of drugs and other medical necessities such as blankets, for some time.